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The IMDb of Music: Introducing MusicBrainz


When CDDB was purchased and closed down by Gracenote who then decided to charge for access to the data, a few projects tried to step in. MusicBrainz was one of these. Today, MusicBrainz is considered the leader when it comes to open data about music, and is used by such diverse entities as streaming services (Spotify,, 7digital, ...), universities (Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), Queen Mary University of London), music labels (Universal Music UK, Music Kickup), news/public service organs (The BBC, The Guardian), music/media players (VLC/VideoLAN Client, XBMC, AOL's WinAmp, ...), and many others (incl. Google, Amazon, ...).

But what is MusicBrainz? Why was it started, who's behind it? How can you help them? And, possibly the most important question: How can you use their awesome data?


Frederik "Freso" S. Olesen (or just Freso) is a geek of many trades, having been involved with MusicBrainz since 2006, helping with entering and editing data, being involved with MusicBrainz policy processes, helping development on both the MusicBrainz server code itself as well as various auxiliary/related projects.